Lieutenant-Commander Claude Michael Bullstrode CUMBERLEGE

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    He was a brave man - I wonder if there are any graves ... I suppose not ... it was an awful place !

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    Lieutenant-Commander Claude Michael Bullstrode CUMBERLEGE
    DSO and Bar, RD, RNR

    served with the Special Operations Executive and Special Boat Squadron during World War II and became a legend operating a Greek caique, smuggling resistance fighters and escapees in the Eastern Mediterranean. In November 1941, on one trip alone, in his boat Hedgehog, he took 86 soldiers off Crete despite the attempts of the Germans to seal off the coast with daily sea and air patrols.

    He was awarded his first DSO for gallantry in his work during the evacuation of Greece and Crete, and was in action at the Corinth Canal, also being Mentioned in Despatches by Admiral Sir Andrew Cunningham GCB DSO, Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean.

    Numb 37805


    The London Gazette

    Of FRIDAY, the 29th of NOVEMBER, 1946



    Whitehall, S.W.1.;

    3rd December, 1946.

    The KING has been graciously pleased to

    approve the following Reward and Awards.

    For great gallantry, and determination of the highest order

    in clandestine operations behind the enemy lines

    in Greece in January and February, 1943:

    Bar to the Distinguished Service Order

    Acting Lieutenant-Commander

    Claude Michael Bullstrode CUMBERLEGE,

    D.S.O., R.D.,

    Royal Naval Reserve (Retired).

    (This Appointment to be dated 21st February,1944)

    His Majesty King George of the Hellenes awarded him the Greek War Medal in 1943.

    He was captured and executed – at the age of 39 - at the infamous Flossenbürg Concentration Camp, near the borders of Germany with Czechoslovakia and Austria, on 10 April 1945 – 13 days before its liberation by the 90th Infantry Division of General George S. Patton Jr’s US 3rd Army, and one month before the war ended.

    Claude L Cumberlege

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